Acne is one of the most common problems among young and not so young people. In particular, during the teenage years it is one of the conditions that most affects everyone. The causes are many and varied: stress, a wrong diet, bad habits, wrong skin care and even hormonal problems.
How pimples form
Pimples usually occur on the face, but they can also appear on other areas of the body such as shoulders, back or legs. The skin is covered with thousands of hair follicles in which there is a sebaceous gland that produces sebum, an oily substance. When abnormal testosterone production occurs due to one of the causes mentioned above, excess sebum is mixed with dead cells and the follicle gets inflamed. Inflammation causes the formation of red the papules that we are used to seeing.
Aloe vera for acne: the beneficial substances
Gibberellins, also known as growth hormones, and glucomannan are the main molecules in the aloe vera plant used to treat acne. In particular, the synthesis of collagen is improved, both when the gel is applied directly on the skin and when it is drunk. In addition, the gibberellins and polysaccharides contained in the juice have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and fight the microorganisms found in the obstructed follicles.
Aloe vera for the face is an excellent astringent, it absorbs excess sebum that is produced in the pores and also reduces inflammation and irritation. It is rich in catechins, carotenoids and flavonoids that are excellent for fighting free radicals that damage cells. It also stimulates cell growth to repair damaged skin.
In summary, aloe vera effectively combats acne thanks to four properties:
- Antiseptic property
- Antibacterial property
- Anti-inflammatory property
- Soothing property
Aloe vera for acne: external use
By applying the aloe vera gel directly on the affected area, leaving it to act and then rinsing it after 20 minutes, you will feel a great relief from the annoying sensation of itching caused by the pimples. It also removes excess sebum and all impurities from the skin. Daily use of the aloe helps to tone the skin and stimulate cellular development, eliminates bacteria and rebalances the pH of the skin. In this case, however, you have to spread it just like a cream and let it work all night.
Aloe vera for acne: internal use
Aloe vera for acne also works by using it from the inside (drinking it). The pimples are caused by stress, by the immune system that does not respond at its best due to the accumulation of toxins in the body, and by the lack of vitamins. Aloe vera juice helps to get rid of toxins and bacteria. In this case it is necessary to drink it three times a day on an empty stomach. 10 ml of gel is the perfect quantity to perform its functions.
It is important to rely on pure aloe vera gel, undiluted and possibly cold worked, so that it has retained all the organoleptic characteristics present before extraction.